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The Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) promotes international economic justice through their “Fairtrade Project”, which applies the principles of fair trade.
ERC has actively been involved in buying and selling Fairtrade products, and has been supplying staff rooms of the larger Sydney schools with Fairtrade tea and coffee for some time.
In order to extend this service more widely to other schools and community groups, ERC has set up an simple mechanism for schools to purchase premium teas, coffee or drinking chocolate in the caterer’s pack bulk quantities. Included in the cost price, is delivery in any of the major cities of Australia or New Zealand.
The issues of Fairtrade awareness go beyond just and fair wages and helps create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers.
Part of the ERC Fairtrade Project has encouraged the students of Year 10 of St. Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney, to form there own Social Justice Group. They are selling Fairtrade Products to the other students, teachers and parents, as well as raising awareness in the school about Fairtrade. By doing this the basic principles of fair trade has spread to the students of the whole school and their families.
Waverley College Sydney last year was among the schools which have chosen to purchase Fairtrade sports balls. These balls are of the top quality, and carry the “Fairtrade” logo which guarantees that no child labor in used in the production of these balls.
The ERC Project “BOUNCES’ (Buy One for Underprivileged Nations for Children’s Education and Sports) is designed to send quality sports balls overseas starting with Papa New Guinea. ‘Etiko’ Sports, the trading name of ESP Pty Ltd, has made the offer to ERC to provide one sports ball free of charge for each 10 balls purchased under this Scheme, and ERC has undertaken to ensure delivery and distribution to the young people of PNG.
It is hoped that these schemes will help to develop understanding of ‘Fairtrade”, and how it can affect the world we live in, and how it can improve staff and student morale, when they feel they are contributing to the support of poorer communities with every cup of coffee or tea they consume or sports ball used.
ERC is actively involved in buying and selling Fairtrade products, and has been supplying the staff rooms of larger Sydney schools with Fairtrade tea and coffee for some time. For more information on buying Fairtrade goods for your school, business or faith-group, please contact Danny Long at Edmund Rice Centre
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ERC initiative the Pacific Calling Partnership promotes awareness of the devastating effects of climate change on low-lying island communities of the Pacific. The PCP campaign goes beyond both the science and the spin to make evident 'the human face of climate change'.
Update: ERC Director, Phil Glendenning, recently returned to Australia from Afghanistan after 10 days interviewing returned asylum seekers again in Kabul.
ERC is redoubling our efforts to find a third-country resettlement option for those returnees from Australia with whom we have been able to make contact. We need financial support to achieve this.
Such work uncovers high levels of risk for the deportees (and for our researchers). Research publications are available here.
Listen to Phil speak of the visit to ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams.
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